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Sad Saathi

alkapal | Mar 25, 2015 08:40 AM

Went last night. Prices up, quality down. The original owner is gone (originally from Raaga).

High point: shrimp Karahi. Shrimp good , nice sauce with some complexity.

Butter chicken: not even sure if all pieces even thoroughly cooked. Sauce had stringy herb bits, chicken not even marinated at all and I'm sure poorly tandoori-treated (if at all). Much inferior to Raaga, which wasn't at the top of its game last time we went. Sauce very bland as if spices MIA and boring.

No longer free naan. Never was great anyway. Charged us more than menu price, though corrected without issue when brought to their attention.

My side of saag paneer was sour, as in old. And I always love spinach.

I say "Sad," because this place had potential under Robin as a rival to Raaga. For example, under Robin, the butter chicken was better than most anywhere else.

Taj Mahal beer wasn't chilled, but the Kingfishers were. To their credit, the beer prices were cheaper than Raaga or Thai places.

Horrible service, mostly due to an apparent lack of understanding of service norms. Friendly but woefully substandard. Also, paper placemats and napkins. At least Raaga has proper tablecloths and cloth napkins.

Wish I could have given a better report. Going to try Saffron in Falls Church next time. And we will go back to Raaga, because when Chef Ramesh is there, he will do great off-menu dishes, like his fabulous "mustard shrimp" with mustard seeds, onions, curry leaves and coconut milk. Also, if you call ahead, Chef Ramesh will do special curries, like the lovely Punjabi curry he shared with us once, as a taste of what he was preparing for some special request.

Indian restaurant ennui? Maybe. Longing for brilliance in the 'burbs? Yes.

Nowadays, we are going for the herbal brightness and smoldering fire of Bangkok Golden.

Raaga Restaurant,
Padaek
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